December 17th, 2012

The liberal press is like that old joke

You know, the one about the Jewish mother and the ties?

It goes like this: a Jewish mother gives her son two ties for his birthday. He goes upstairs, gets dressed, puts one on, and comes down, beaming, to show it to her. She looks him up and down and asks, “So, what’s wrong with the other tie?”

BenK at Ace’s jibes that, if current House member Tim Scott—who would then become the only current black senator—is appointed by Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s senate seat, the headlines will scream, “Southern Governor Removes Black Man From The House of Representatives.”

And sure enough, as BenK also points out, right on schedule NBC’s Luke Russert tweets, “With Scott going to the Senate and Allen West losing, the 113th Congress will see no African-American Republicans in the House.”

I have to defend Russert (who, by the way, is Tim Russert’s son) a little bit, though. It turns out that since May of 2009 he’s been an NBC News correspondent covering the House of Representatives. So it makes sense the House would be his focus.

I still like that joke.

7 Responses to “The liberal press is like that old joke”

  1. M J R Says:

    Hmmmm . . . still no comments on this one.

    Is it not very telling, that there are still no comments [check the timestamp on this comment]? The phenomenon described is, by now, such a dog-bites-man “story”, so within-the-ordinary, so expected, so routine, so utterly unremarkable, that (until my stray comment here) no one is even bothering to comment.

    Very telling. It should not be thus.

  2. gcotharn Says:

    I looked in on video of Governor Haley’s introduction of Tim Scott. The plethora of conservative talent on the stage … filled me with optimism. If the problem, for conservatives, has been lack of capable national leadership: that problem is about to change.

    Lack of capable national leadership =
    national Republican leadership which has not clearly understood the philosophic foundations of conservative principles, and thus has not truly (i.e. at the core of their beings) believed in conservative principles, and also thus has not been capable of effectively communicating conservative principles upon a national stage.

    This problem is about to change, and you could plainly see it in the talent which was onstage – including Governor Haley and Congressman Scott. Conservative leaders are coming … who truly understand conservatism, and truly believe in it, and can communicate it on a national stage, and can be attractive while doing so. Change is coming. Boehner and McConnell cannot depart fast enough for me. Change is coming. You can smell it in the wind.

  3. M J R Says:

    gcotharn, 5:15 pm — “This problem is about to change, and you could plainly see it in the talent which was onstage . . . .”

    . . . except it still has to pass through the mainstream media filter, and those guys are determined to not see or even un-see any change.

  4. neo-neocon Says:

    gcotharn: my reflections on that, from last September.

  5. gcotharn Says:

    I had missed that essay of yours. Outstanding. I had never thought of the “Reagan’s children” dynamic. I agree that is probably is a SIGNIFICANT factor. As you elucidated: Reagan’s children did not grow up in an atmosphere in which they felt a need to be Rockefeller Repubs. And, maybe it goes w/o saying, but also: Reagan – and even of Rush Limbaugh – tutoring them on principles, and shepherding them towards, for instance, towards Hayek and Whitaker Chambers. My point being: they not only believed they could be openly conservative, but they were ALSO properly TUTORED in conservative philosophy. Maybe that goes w/o say, but it is also a factor. A Rockefeller Repub has never read Hayek. Thanks for pointing me to your essay.

  6. expat Says:

    Understanding conservative philosophy is certainly a necessary base, but what I find important right now is that so many have built on that base. We now have people with legislative, executive, and policy experience who are capable of showing the public that the philosophy is correct. They understand that change will come one step at a time and they are giving the phrase laboratories of democracy real meaning. People will begin to see that California cool doesn’t make for a good country.

  7. Artfldgr Says:

    Can You Guess Who I Am?!


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